Historic Victory for Families: Canada’s first early learning and child care legislation adopted by House of Commons

Historic Victory for Families: Canada’s first early learning and child care legislation adopted by House of Commons

Bill C-35, an Act respecting early learning and child care in Canada, as amended by the Senate of Canada, was adopted unanimously on February 29, 2024 by the House of Commons. This landmark legislation affirms in law the Government of Canada’s commitment to build a primarily not-for-profit and public system of early learning and child care that provides accessible, inclusive and  low-fee child care services for all in Canada. The passage of the legislation is a significant victory for child care advocates who have been calling for a federal child care law as recommended more than 50 years ago by the Royal Commission on the Status of Women.

Government of Nova Scotia and Canada agree on three-year child care action plan

Government of Nova Scotia and Canada agree on three-year child care action plan

The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia have released a new Action Plan to continue implementation of the Canada-Nova Scotia Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement in the province.  Nova Scotia is the second province/territory to reach agreement with the Government of Canada and publish Action Plans for the 2023-2026 period. Agreements are required…

Senate should amend child care act to rule out federal funding for informal arrangements

Senate should amend child care act to rule out federal funding for informal arrangements

Child Care Now has called on members of the Senate standing committee studying the federal government’s proposed child care legislation to amend Bill C-35 so as to ensure federal funds for early learning and child care (ELCC) are directed only to regulated and licensed child care programs.

During her appearance before the Senate Committee, Child Care Now Executive Director Morna Ballantyne urged speedy passage of the Bill but expressed concern that if early learning and child care is not properly defined a future government might use the law to authorize public funding of informal unregulated child care arrangements.

Government of Manitoba and Canada agree on three-year child care action plans

Government of Manitoba and Canada agree on three-year child care action plans

The governments of Canada and Manitoba have released new Action Plans to continue implementation of the Canada-Manitoba Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement and the Canada-Manitoba bilateral agreement. Manitoba is the first province/territory to reach agreement with the Government of Canada on the content of the Action Plans for the 2023-2026 period. Agreements are…

More federal funding needed to make $10 a day child care a reality for all

More federal funding needed to make $10 a day child care a reality for all

Child Care Now is calling for increased federal spending on the early childhood education workforce, and for much bigger federal investments in the construction of more not-for-profit and public early learning and child care facilities. In a recent submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, Child Care Now has recommended that the…

Prince Edward Island proposes regulatory changes to ECE titles and centre capacity

Prince Edward Island proposes regulatory changes to ECE titles and centre capacity

The government of Prince Edward Island has released its proposed changes to the province’s Early Learning and Child Care Act, including changes to ECE certification titles and an increase in capacities of licensed centres. The consultation process for these changes ended July 19th 2023 and included public consultation sessions and written feedback with the Early…

Child Care Now responds to outcome of the meeting of ministers responsible for early learning and child care

Child Care Now responds to outcome of the meeting of ministers responsible for early learning and child care

Workforce strategy must include action on wages and working conditions Child Care Now congratulates the federal, provincial and territorial ministers most responsible for early learning and child care for agreeing to develop a multilateral child care workforce strategy when they met July 12, 2023 in Iqaluit to discuss and share their priorities for early learning and child…

Jimmy Pratt Foundation releases Roadmap on expanding early learning and child care in Newfoundland and Labrador 

On July 6th 2023 , the Jimmy Pratt Foundation released its fourth discussion paper on the early years in Newfoundland and Labrador. “Making Space: 2023 Roadmap on Early Learning and Childcare” which proposes 5 pathways supported by researchers and advocates that would help the government create more regulated spaces rapidly. While there are many possible…

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